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The Fountainhead

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Ayn Rand

Narrated By: Edward Herrmann

Date: March 2003

Duration: 8 hours 29 minutes


The Fountainhead studies the conflict between artistic genius and social convention, a theme Ayn Rand later developed into the idealistic philosophy knows as Objectivism. Rand's hero is Howard Roark, a brilliant young architect who won't compromise his integrity, especially in the unconventional buildings he designs. Roark is engaged in ideological warfare with a society that despises him, an architectural community that doesn't understand him, and a woman who loves him but wants to destroy him. His struggle raises questions about society's attitude toward revolutionaries. Since this book's publication in 1943, Rand's controversial ideas have made her one of the best-selling authors of all time.


  • Adrian Winters

    An exquisite novel, read by a masterful orator. absolutely brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jodi C.

    Should be required reading for our youth

  • Lisa J.

    such a powerful novel, well narrated giving real character identity. easy to see why it’s one of the greatest novels of all time. will forever be changed by meeting Howard Roark.

  • James D.

    After reading some more recent fiction, I found this book immensely enjoyable. Rand is such a skilled writer! And I agree with many aspects of the thesis she purposes- the importance of individualism and the problems and anti humanistic aspects of collectivism. But in many ways she falls short. Her characters are caricatures, with little realism to them. In some ways the content necessitate this, as the book is really about ideas, not characters. To me at times it felt clunky. If you had to compare her to Shakespeare or Dostoevsky, you would say well they are masters, while she is not quite in the same league. The other main problem seems to me to be that her villain is set up as a straw man, whom she knocks down. I felt this book would have been more powerful if she had taken a more balanced view of the opposite side and still have been able to overcome its arguments.

  • David S.

    Easy listening, but challenging and thought provoking. Strongly recommend.

  • Angela P.

    great story

  • Sharon S

    I never got a chance to read this when I was in school and seriously had no idea what it was about. The story - revolves around architecture in New York starting around 1920....but has more to do with relationships both between people and buildings. It had many undertones, symbolism etc. but on its own was an enjoyable listen full of twists and turns.

  • bek

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and in fact, there were times I would find ways to linger in the car to hear just a little more of it. I had never read Ayn Rand before but am glad I listened to a friend's recommendation. Powerful characters and a very interesting story line. The narrator did a great job of following the flow of the book and the personalities of the characters. I would highly recommend this book! Next stop...Atlas Shrugged (but the unabridged version this time)!

  • nittany1979

    The arrogance of Howard Rourke! Not to be missed! This story was excellent, a love story intertwined with the little known world of architectual design. I enjoyed every chapter, was easily transported into the author's world, and now know why Ayn Rand has become such a staple of literature.

  • wlh

    This was a good book, but I did not find it as entertaining as Atlas Shrugged. Nonetheless, it is an excellent read.


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